Vegan Stuffed Puri with Tamarind and Green Chutneys

MoFo 2014Puri (poori, boori, Kannada ಪೂರಿ (pūri), is a deep-fried Indian puffed flatbread. They can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack or part of a meal meal. Puri can be stuffed with a variety of savoury foods. The name puri derives from the Sanskrit word पूरिका (pūrikā), from पुर (pura) “filled”. I stuffed mine with a mixture of mashed chick peas, cumin, fresh coriander (cilantro) and garlic. You tap your finger, quite hard, on the little puffed bread to snap a hole in it then spoon in the mix. I made two different sauces (or chutneys) to go with the puri. The tamarind chutney contains sweet fresh dates and jaggery and sour tamarind. The green chutney is fresh and zingy with ginger, lime, chilli and coconut bouncing about! Each was served in a shot glass with the puris, the idea being to pour a little of each into the stuffed puri then pop the lot in your mouth! Bof!

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  • 2-3 tsp tamarind paste
  • 6-7 fresh dates, stoned
  • ¼ cup jaggery
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp black salt (kala namak)

Green Chutney

  • 1 small bunch of coriander
  • ½ small bunch of mint
  • ½ a green chilli, deseeded
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk

For both of the sauces, just put all the ingredients in a small blender and whizz up until they are creamy in texture. Add a little more liquid if you need to or adjust the ingredients to taste. Pour both sauces into little shot glasses and give each dinner guest their own to play with!


Top tip – don’t stuff your puris too early of they will go baggy!

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2 Responses to Vegan Stuffed Puri with Tamarind and Green Chutneys

  1. oh yum, that’s the exact kind of thing I wish I could eat right now (or have someone else make for me!)

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